The application mentions partner agencies and organizations—which partners are required in order to be selected to be a community in YHDP?
Date Published: March 2019
Effective cross-sector partnerships are the cornerstone of a strong Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) application. There are some partnerships that YHDP requires for purposes of eligibility, others that are important for achieving a high application ranking, and still others that will be critical for the 11 selected communities during the development and implementation of their Coordinated Community Plans.
There are two required partnerships:
Without formal agreements with these two entities, HUD will not review the application narrative. Collaborative applicants must also be able to demonstrate that meaningful relationships exist between the Continuum of Care (CoC) and a set of key stakeholder groups in order to receive full points in the rating and ranking of applications. A list of these key partners is included in Section V.A.1 of the YHDP NOFA, along with a grid of partnership attributes that HUD has defined as crucial to contributing to a successful YHDP implementation. Applicants may use the competition period to establish a Youth Action Board and develop relationships with the included stakeholders. However, the partnerships described must actually exist before the application is submitted. Finally, HUD has included a list of key partners and mandatory structural requirements in the Section s III.C.3.b that outline how to incorporate those partners into the Coordinated Community Plans that selected communities will develop.